Seizure propagation modeling, INS, Marseille, France

Post-doctoral position in the Theoretical Neuroscience Group - INS, Marseille, France

This is the original offer we circulated, but just to be clear, we’re looking for someone familiar with Stan and time series.


The Theoretical Neuroscience Group (Head: Viktor Jirsa) is seeking to fill a post-doctoral position in the context of the project EPINOV to work on statistical & dynamical modeling of seizure propagation using personalized brain modeling and neuroinformatics approaches on a cohort of hundreds of epilepsy patients. EPINOV is one of 10 large-scale projects selected in the 3rd round of French scientific excellence program «RHU» managed by the National Research Agency (ANR). The aim of the EPINOV project is to significantly improve presurgical interpretation, guide surgical strategies and translate computational tools into clinical routine of personalized medicine. We use individual MRI scans to reconstruct brain anatomy and connectivity, which are combined with a neural mass model and fit using the Bayesian modeling software Stan to individuals’ intracranial electrophysiology data (stereotactic EEG), validated by clinical data from other modalities, such as MEG, fMRI, and semiology.


• Scale up statistical models “vertically” to handle more data and higher resolution anatomy, using model comparison techniques to evaluate the advantage of different model structures

• Scale out models “horizontally”, performing coherent, reliable inference across a large cohort of patients using dedicated, on-site HPC resources

• Develop routines to evaluate and visualize inference results, making them amenable to clinical interpretation

• Integrate developed code into existing code bases and pipelines


• Highly motivated to work on an interdisciplinary project and collaborate with the various members of the consortium.

• PhD degree in computational neuroscience, mathematical or statistical modeling, machine learning or equivalent level of knowledge.

• Significant, demonstrable experience in data fitting (Bayesian modeling, Dynamical Causal Modeling (DCM), Monte Carlo, etc) will be highly appreciated.

• Experience with working in a Linux/HPC environment

• Programming in a numerically oriented language (R, Python, MATLAB)

• Familiarity with Git, unit testing, Docker/VMs is a plus

The Theoretical Neuroscience group

We are a multi-national team interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying the spatiotemporal organization of large-scale brain networks. Our work comprises mathematical and computational modeling of large-scale network dynamics and human brain imaging data, the development of neuroinformatics tools for studying large-scale brain networks applied to concrete functions, dysfunctions (epilepsy, dementia) and aging.

Terms of salary and employment

A 12-month renewable contract will be established. Salary will depend on the diploma and experience. Operating language in the laboratory is English. Applications including a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names of two referees should be sent by September 30th 2017 to: Dr. Irene Yujnovsky at

More information about the INS and the Theoretical Neurosciences Group can be found at:

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Neat. Thanks for posting.